Rest is the elixir of life.
It’s the life blood that streams through exuberant health, incredible well-being and the ability to enjoy amazing clarity, energy and even courage.
One of the precursors to great rest and sleep is the bed and bedding one chooses. If you’re lucky enough to select the where and how you sleep, your accouterments can be the basis of incredible slumber.
I’m a sucker for beautiful bed design and fashion. Sumptuous pillows, blankets, sheets and covers offer an inviting space to snuggle as you begin the downward spiral to hushed, tranquil, serene sleep.
Sleep is the best meditation. ~ Dali Lama
Nowadays we tend to take lots of modern comforts for granted as bed linen. However, people haven’t always had the opportunity to enjoy the soft and gentle of beds and bedlinen.
We must go back more than 3,000 years to the beginning, specifically to the Egyptian age. They started to cultivate flax, the plant that Rashid Sab-Anah used to create the first bed linen in 1.000 AC. Initially, his invention didn’t have the success he expected, because it wasn’t very practical. The linen fabric used was too thick and dry it after washing it used to take a long time.
However, Egyptians continue growing flax for centuries and perfected the cultivation and weaving of the linen fabric.
As time went by Linen bedding spread fast among other different continents and countries. Despite its popularity, cultivating, harvesting and weaving the linen was an arduous task, but all changed early in the 19th century with a new discovery: The Cotton Gin.
With this machine, used for separating cotton seeds from cotton, the work was way more easy and it led to another development: The cotton sheet. This was an era where looms became mechanized, and textile production grew exponentially faster and easier.
Different designs and sizes of the sheets didn’t emerge until the second half of the 21st century.
The advances in the textile production allowed people to used other fabrics for their beds as brocade, silk, percale, satin, flannel, polyester.
Nowadays we can find a wide range of fabrics and patterns to adapt our bend linen to our own taste.
The colour is another feature that has with the time. On the beginning the white was the only option, however possibilities are almost endless.
How you decide to envelope yourself is a matter of personal choice and is as unique to each of us as our choice of underwear. Colour, texture, versatility, utility, form and function and price point play a large part of how we dress the focal point of our bedroom.
I’m constantly fascinated by the bedding choices of others. Will it be eiderdown, a thick wool blanket, 100, 200, 400 0r 500+ cotton counts? Will 2, 4 or more pillows be sufficient enough to provide the comfort we all seek?
Are you the type that places a lot of thought into how you dress your bed or is expediency the name of your game? I’m a bit of both. I like comfort with as little fuss as possible. Warmth is a huge consideration of course and I need no less than 2 queen size pillows after that, it’s pretty much up for grabs.
Now on the other hand, my mother goes all out. She’s managed to acquire bedding sets for every season, changing them with clockwork precision. Even the mattresses are flipped semi-annually to ensure bulking doesn’t occur.
Style Where You Sleep
What are your tastes when it comes to the place you rest your weary bones? I enjoy elegance, but casual comfort is where I’m at these days. I do however demand quality. Good cotton that’s easy to maintain is a good choice. Below are few examples of what I enjoy sleeping on, especially during the cooler months. Great books and coffee are part of the deal.
When comes right down to it, your bed is your haven, a place to sleep, relax, make love, read, watch TV, whatever tickles your fancy. The choice is yours, but remember comfort rules. Like the Dali Lama said, ‘sleep is the best meditation’. Make it as cozy, warm and comforting as possible.